Many LEGO fans use the LEGO wiki called Brickipedia as a LEGO news and information reference site, especially in regards to new LEGO sets coming out. In case you are not aware of this project, Brickipedia is a free online LEGO encyclopedia founded back in 2006 and written collaboratively by its readers known as Brickipedians. The site is a wiki, meaning that anyone, including you, can edit almost any article. 🙂
A major downside of Brickipedia however has been that it is hosted on Wikia which plastered completely irrelevant ads all over the pages. This didn’t just create a distasteful design but also made the site extremely slow to load. Even if Brickipedia had useful information to offer to the LEGO fan community the above problems created a very unpleasant experience, so much so that LEGO fans started avoiding the site altogether. The Brickipedia team has been aware of this problem and decided to move the project over to a new platform called MediaWiki, which is much less intrusive and much nicer to look at. The address of the new site is Brickimedia.org.
One of the issues the Brickimedia project team is facing is that it’s actually impossible to delete or completely close the old Brickipedia site. The content is owned by Wikia and cannot be removed, nor can it be advertised that the wiki has been moved over to a new platform. (Clever business-model by the way; have a bunch of enthusiastic fans slave away to populate a website with quality information that will rank high on search-engines, then cover the pages with ads to make money. Not my cup of tea, but yeah, it works for some people.) 😐
To make it very clear; the Brickimedia project team transferred all content of the LEGO wiki over to the new site, and they will no longer maintain and update the old site. They are also reaching out to LEGO forums, fan-sites and blogs to spread the word that the LEGO wiki has moved and the only way to continue getting high-quality and updated information is to visit the new site. Again, the new address is Brickimedia.org. If you like to use the LEGO encyclopedia, please bookmark and use this new address.
Besides reading and editing LEGO news and information, there is a bunch of other fun stuff you can do at Brickimedia. Rather than being a single wiki, it is instead a collection of five LEGO-centered wikis with a central meta-wiki connecting them all. The five wikis are all accessible from the navigational bar at Brickimedia.org and are as follows:
- Brickipedia – LEGO wiki/encyclopedia
- LEGO Customs – wiki for fan-made LEGO creations
- LEGO Stories – wiki for LEGO fan fiction/stories
- LMB Wiki – very large wiki about the LEGO Message Boards
- LEGO CUUSOO – wiki about anything on LEGO CUUSOO
If you are interested in checking out the above LEGO wiki projects or partake in them visit Brickimedia.org. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below. There are several Brickimedia project members who hang out here and they should be able to help you out and answer your questions. 😉
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